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West Central Tribune Minute

Listen to the West Central Tribune Minute podcast channel about what’s happening in news and sports in Willmar and west central Minnesota.

Latest Episodes
Records Report for Sept. 26, 2022
Mon Sep 26 12:00:00 EDT 2022
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An 86-year-old Lake Lillian man and a 35-year-old man from Faribault, neither wearing a seat belt, died in a crash Saturday between Lake Lillian and Cosmos. The Faribault man was driving a vehicle reported stolen minutes earlier. An 83-year-old woman was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with life-threatening injuries.
A 32-year-old Hendricks woman died and two people from Canby were seriously injured in a crash Friday in Norman Township of Yellow Medicine County in western Minnesota.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Fischbach talks inflation, border security in Willmar campaign stop
Sun Sep 25 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Sept. 25, 2022:
Records Report for Sept. 24, 2022
Sat Sep 24 12:00:00 EDT 2022
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Schools across the country have experienced false calls regarding active shooters in recent weeks, prompting law enforcement to investigate the matter. In Minnesota, 15 schools, from Rochester to Cloquet received hoax calls this week.
A 24-year-old woman from Montevideo was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital with injuries after her vehicle left the road and rolled Thursday evening north of Slayton.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Bethesda invites community to celebrate 125 years of continuous care in west central Minnesota
Sat Sep 24 08:00:00 EDT 2022
Bethesda, which has provided elder care in Willmar for decades, is celebrating its 125th anniversary on Sunday. The entire community is invited to an afternoon of fun, fellowship and history.
Records Report for Sept. 23, 2022
Fri Sep 23 12:00:00 EDT 2022
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There were no injuries in a shed fire reported Thursday in rural Kimball, Minnesota. The house on the property in Maine Prairie Township of Stearns County was not affected.
Corey Michael Jacobs, 30, was convicted in Kandiyohi County District Court of felony domestic assault and violating a no-contact order and sentenced on each count to 39 months, to be served concurrently at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Records Report for Sept. 22, 2022
Thu Sep 22 14:00:00 EDT 2022
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"I get angry when I think of how (Jesse) Powell hunts for his victims, under the guise of helping us, and how he kept getting away with it," one of the victims said.
A Granite Falls man reported missing early Saturday was found dead Tuesday morning, according to the Granite Falls Police Department. No foul play is suspected.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Council action needed soon for proposed northeast Willmar apartment project
Thu Sep 22 12:00:00 EDT 2022
Here’s a look at the top headlines from around west central Minnesota for Sept. 22, 2022:
At Monday’s Willmar City Council meeting, the proposed Lakeland Drive Northeast project was nearly derailed by the possibility of not holding the public hearing for creation of a tax increment financing district. The council later agreed to conduct the hearing as a delay would have made the project financially unfeasible for the developer. He has financing with a locked-in interest rate, but the project needs to begin this fall.
WCT Sports Show: A top 10 showdown in Olivia
Wed Sep 21 15:34:21 EDT 2022
The West Central Tribune sports staff — sports editor Tom Elliott and reporters Joe Brown and Michael Lyne — talk Week 4 football, including a ranked matchup between BOLD and KMS. Plus, Willmar goes to Sartell, and Montevideo and Minnewaska each look for win No. 1.
Records Report for Sept. 21, 2022
Wed Sep 21 12:00:00 EDT 2022
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The sentence will be served at the same time as his federal sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights
No students or drivers were injured in an accident Tuesday morning when a pickup driver rear-ended a school bus in New London, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
Records Report for Sept. 20, 2022
Tue Sep 20 12:00:00 EDT 2022
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The judges rejected appeals brought by the operators of two of the many bars that served on-site food and drinks or ignored a face mask mandate.
A law enforcement incident in the parking lot of Willmar's Kennedy Elementary School, not related to the school, caused school officials to keep staff and students inside the building for a short while
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.